It is important to recognize when your horse is doing well and when there is good reason to worry. If there is a change in behavior or reaction at mealtime, less manure, frequency and different manner to urinate, etc., there may be a problem. If in doubt, contact your veterinarian.

Normal

Attitude

 

Temperature

 

Cardiac rate

 

Respiration

 

Skinfold

 

Mucuous

 

Capillary filling time

 

Eye

 

Muscles

 

Members

 

Alert, eat, drink

 

37 - 38,5 degrees C

 

30-44/min

 

12 to 20/min

 

Instant

 

Pale pink, wet

 

Instant

 

Clear and bright

 

Flexible

 

No swelling or eat

Alert

Depressed, lethargic

 

38,6 - 39,5 degrees C

 

45-60/min

 

20 to 30/min

 

2-3 seconds

 

Pale or sticky red

 

3-4 seconds

 

Vitreous

 

Tense, sensitive

 

Swelling, warm

Emergency

Down, refuses to eat/drink

 

More than 39,5 degrees C

 

More than 60/min

 

More than 30/min

 

More than 4 seconds

 

White, blue, dark red and dry

 

More than 5 seconds

 

Fixed, hollow

 

Very tense, color

 

Swelling, warm, smell

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